The Best of Northern Botswana
The Best of Northern Botswana 9 Days
The best of Botswana takes you through all the best of Northern Botswana’s wildlife destinations and offers an all-encompassing Botswana safari. Visits to vastly different ecosystems and environments expands the knowledge of the traveller and affords unrivalled opportunities and exposure to many species of wildlife and completely different experiences, resulting in an authentic and complete Botswana safari that makes memories to last a lifetime.
**Please note, prices are based on 2 people sharing and single supplements apply.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Spectacular scenery in beautiful Botswana
- Expert guides for game viewing experiences
- Witness an abundance of wildlife including the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, vast herds of buffalo, lions, African wild dogs & myriad birds, amongst much more
- Explore exciting destinations like Makgadigadi Pans, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park & The Okavango Delta
- 8 nights accommodation on an all-inclusive basis with all meals, snacks & local beverages
- All transfers including internal domestic flights
- Expert guides
- Safari activities including game drives
- All park & entrance fees
ITINERARY8 Nights 9 Days
- Day 1 | Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans
- Day 2 | Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans NP
- Days 3 - 4 | Camp Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
- Days 5 - 6 | Xugana Island Lodge, Okavango Delta
- Days 7 - 8 | Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe NP
- Day 9 | Chobe to Maun
Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans
Arrival in Maun to meet charter flight to Leroo La Tau airstrip, then short road transfer to the Leroo La Tau lodge, on the western bank of the Boteti River, where you will be staying for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
Translated as ‘foot print of the lion’, Leroo La Tau and it’s surrounds features abundant wildlife including lion, brown and spotted hyena, jackal, caracal, porcupine as well as good populations of general game species such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu and impala. The Boteti River plays a vital role in the annual zebra migration making Leroo La Tau the ideal place from which to witness Africa’s second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest.
Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans NP
During your time here you can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives conducted in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park as well as optional night drives within the Leroo La Tau private concession. Depending on water levels, boating safaris may be offered on the Boteti River and for guests interested in cultural interactions and experiencing daily life in a Botswana community, excursions to the nearby Khumaga Village can be arranged. Scenic Helicopter flights over the Makgadigadi National Park and Nxai Pan Day Trips can also be arranged for an additional cost.
Delicious meals will be served throughout the day and there will be time to relax and simply soak up the lodge's beautiful surroundings from the comfort of your luxury thatched chalet.
Camp Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
In the morning of day 3 we will take a short charter flight to the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve and Camp Xakanaxa where you will be staying for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. Staying in classic Meru-style luxury safari tents situated around the fringe of the lagoon this classic tented camp manages to offer an authentic safari experience whilst maintaining the luxurious feel of your tour.
Throughout the day you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives to explore the many different eco-systems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer, as well as guided motorised boat safaris through the deep channels and lagoons of the Okavango Delta. Expect to experience prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others. Birding here is quite spectacular and can be enjoyed from the beautiful surroundings of your camp where delicious meals and tasty snacks will be provided throughout the day.
Xugana Island Lodge, Okavango Delta
On the morning of day 5 we will take a short charter flight into the heart of the Okavango and Xugana Island Lodge where you will be staying for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
Xugana Lagoon, beside which Xugana Island Lodge is located, is widely recognised as the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which itself is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. Owing to its remote delta location, Xugana Island Lodge is a year round water paradise offering guests the chance to experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta with its myriad of deep waterways, open floodplains and diverse wildlife inhabitants.
A wide range of activities are offered here throughout the day including motorised boat safaris, through the deep channels and lagoons of the Okavango Delta, guided mokoro excursions in traditional dug out canoes, guided bush walks and game drives in open 4WD vehicles to explore the varied ecosystems on the islands within the private concession. Optional night drives are also available. Optional fishing excursions are also available and birdwatching here is absolutely spectacular. Scenic helicopter flights over the Okavango Delta are also available at an additional charge.
After a long day of exploring return to the comfort of this delightful lodge for dinner before enjoying a great night's sleep in your beautiful lagoon-facing chalet.
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe NP
On the morning of day 7 we will take a charter flight across Northern Botswana to the Chobe National Park and Chobe Game Lodge where you will spend your final 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
A typical day here will involve an early start and a light snack before joining an early morning guided game drive through Chobe National Park in search of an abundance of wildlife including elephants, lions and giraffes.
Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast then take an early-afternoon Chobe River Safari. Aboard comfortable, flat decked safari boats or electric powered boats you will travel down the river in style, searching for the wildlife that frequent the waters-edge.
After lunch you will have time to relax and enjoy the lodge's beautiful surroundings and facilities before afternoon tea and a further game drive or river safari to search for wildlife you may not have spotted previously in the day. Each night a delicious dinner will be served in the lodge and guests can enjoy an evening drink along the banks of the river taking in the sights and sounds that surround this wonderful area.
Chobe to Maun
Today signals the end of your Botswana safari adventure. After breakfast at the camp you will transfer to Kasane airport for your flights home or onward travel.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Camp Xakanaxa, Khawi River
Situated in a prime location on the banks of the Khawi River on the Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) Lagoon, this authentic and stylish camp in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve is one of the finest camps in Botswana, offering an all year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience.
Accommodation is provided in 12 spacious and elegant classic Meru-style safari tents, each of which has an en-suite bathroom, stylish furnishings and large comfortable beds. The tents are positioned around the fringe of the lagoon and each tent has its own private viewing deck with comfortable loungers where guests can relax and take in their beautiful surroundings. Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the essence of a classic tented camp.
The stylish main camp area has a warm and friendly atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after a long day of game-viewing and exploring this magnificent area. The main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms so as to maximise the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. The elegant lounge and dining rooms, built of local timber, reed and thatch, feature a small library, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed. The fire-deck extends over the Khwai River and creates an enchanting environment in which to relax after dinner. There is also a larger pool with elevated sun deck in the expansive grounds.
The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround the camp make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora. The camp is one of few offering a year-round land and water game-viewing experience, in open 4x4 safari vehicles or powerboats. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others. Birding is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months when the migrants are breeding.
Chobe Game Lodge
Situated within the famous Chobe National Park this exclusive safari lodge is the only permanent game lodge within the park and offers a perfect base from which to explore its wonders.
This five-star lodge is one of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana and offers accommodation for up to 94 people in sublime luxury. Each of the delightful rooms in the lodge face the wonderful Chobe River and all have air conditioning, complimentary mini-bar, en-suite bathrooms, private terraces and elegant and comfortable furnishings. For guests wishing for an even more luxurious experience, the lodge has four river-view suites which offer the ultimate in exclusivity and come with their own private plunge pool and separate lounge area.
The main area of the lodge has been designed as a haven of peace and privacy and has six comfortably furnished viewing decks, a riverside boma, two bars, six relaxing and welcoming lounges and four beautiful dining areas. There are numerous places to sit down and relax and take in the incredible surroundings. There is a large swimming pool and a waiter is always on hand to bring you cold drinks from the bar. On top of this there is a complimentary gymnasium and delightful beauty and pamper treatments are available at an extra charge from the in-house beautician.
Whilst the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the area can be seen from many of the view points around the lodge, the best way to experience these magnificent creatures up close is to partake in one of the many land or water-based activities on offer. Chobe Game Lodge offers the most complete game experience in the Chobe National Park and early morning and afternoon game drives are a fantastic way to see the park's spectacular scenery and the diverse wildlife which roams in abundance, including the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, large herds of buffalo, lion, African wild dog, lechwe, roan antelope and giraffe amongst many other wonderful species.
Game viewing can also be done from small boats which are perfect for morning and sunset cruises.
Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans
Located on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun, this beautiful safari lodge borders the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and is an ideal base for exploring all that this wonderful region has to offer.
Accommodation is provided in 12 luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites which have been raised on a wooden platform so as to maximise the spectacular views on offer. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom, large comfortable bed and private terrace.
The main lodge area has a relaxing lounge and dining area including a bar where you can sip a drink on a warm African evening and listen to the wide variety of night sounds that abound coming from the bush outside. There is also a refreshing swimming pool and a game viewing hide built in to the bank of the river which offers spectacular panoramic views.
Leroo La Tau (which translates as "lion's paw") is located in the perfect area for viewing an abundance of wildlife - including lion, zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, leopard, hyena and many more wonderful species - and day time and night time game drives are offered throughout your stay. Depending on the water level there may also be water based activities available including boat rides along the river. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.
Please note: Owing to their remote location within the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans themselves are not visited on daily scheduled activities from Leroo La Tau.
Xugana Island Lodge
Situated on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest and most awe-inspiring oasis, Xugana Island Lodge is a beautiful water based lodge perfect for a relaxing retreat.
Xugana Island Lodge is located by Xugana Lagoon, an area widely recognised as the most spectacular permanent water site in the Okavango Delta, and provides excellent accommodation in an intimate and luxurious setting. The lodge has eight large chalets which face the lagoon and have been raised to emphasise the stunning views on offer. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom, elegant furnishings and a private viewing deck.
The main area of the lodge itself takes full advantage of the beautiful view points and includes an expansive deck with al fresco dining area which overlooks the vast, pristine waters of the Okavango Delta.
There is a comfortable and welcoming lounge, bar and dining area set under a beautiful Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy and there is a stunning swimming pool set within mature gardens in the centre of the island.
As Xugana Island Lodge is a water-based camp there are no game drive activities available here, however there is an abundance of water-based activities that guests can partake in. A stay at Xugana Island Lodge gives you the chance to experience a true Okavango Delta safari experience - exploring the crystal-clear waterways by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) or motorboat, and enjoying the magnificent variety of bird, plant and reptile species found in the area.
Birding here is spectacular and guided nature walks are also available, allowing you to experience nature up close and personal. Fishing activities are also offered at the lodge.
What Our Customers
Botswana was everything we wanted it to be....spectacular wildlife everywhere and couldn’t believe how close we were! Thank you to your team for all your help in making it possible.
I just want to say a massive thank you for organising our trip to Botswana. From our very first conversation, I knew we were in safe hands, you were so knowledgeable and super-efficient that I had no doubt this was going to be the holiday of a lifetime and it was! Our two children loved every minute, especially the meerkats at Jack’s Camp so thanks for the recommendation and who can forget the bungee jump at Vic Falls!!!! We can’t wait to start planning our next family adventure with you, thank you so much.
There were so many highlights, where to start! Seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, the hot air balloon ride over the delta, watching wild dogs chase a leopard at Selinda, quad biking over the Salt Flats, the list goes on. This really was a trip that will stay close to our hearts for a very long time. The whole Wildfoot Team went the extra mile for us from beginning to end and we can’t thank you enough, we will happily recommend you to friends and family in the future.
The tented camps worked well and the bathrooms were more civilised than expected so feel we made the right choice after all. Really enjoyed the range of activities offered at each of the camps, the mokoro ride and walking safaris being particular good. Got lucky and saw a pride of lions take down a buffalo at Savuti and a wild dog kill at Mfuwe. No lucky with cheetah unfortunately, but now we have a reason to go back!
As expected, I have fallen in love with Botswana, without a doubt head and shoulders above any other safari experience. I was so lucky with wildlife with big cat sightings most days, several packs of wild dog and even a pangolin! There is nothing I would have wanted to change, a fantastic holiday from beginning to end, thank you so much for all your help and guidance thorough out.
It was a real privilege to have such an outstanding and knowledgeable guide - he was excellent company. The tents and camps were first-rate in terms of comfort, service and location.
We have recently returned from a holiday to Botswana that you organised for us and we just want to say thanks for all the work that you put into it. The holiday was fantastic - hotels/lodges were great, wildlife spectacular, people friendly, guides flexible and knowledgeable and the variety of locations perfect. The time of year was ideal for seeing the beginning of the change in the landscape at the start of the rainy season. All the arrangements ran like clockwork and there was even somebody there at Maun airport at the end of our trip to ensure all had gone well. We will certainly consider using Wildfoot again for our future travel plans.Thank you again.
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